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Where The Heck is ’24’?

posted by Douglas Howe

keiferpicforic.jpgSome TV shows are making their way quickly to post-strike prime time. Some are taking awhile and some are in limbo. There are even websites where you can go and weigh in on your opinion.
But one show that is not being talked about much is “24,” and I’m not sure why. Fox made the decision to hold off on the popular Kiefer Sutherland series until January of 2009. 2009!


This means that it will be 19 months between episodes—that’s more than a year and a half! I can’t remember the last time a series went that long off the air and retained its audience. Perhaps Fox believes that people will just buy DVD collections to get their Jack Bauer fix, or maybe they believe absence makes the heart grow fonder even among a fickle TV-watching public. Perhaps they just don’t think anything that good will come along to replace it. But to wait that long is, I believe, ridiculous.
Fox’s reasoning is that, due to the strike, they wouldn’t be able to air 24 consecutive episodes of the series. At least that’s their announced reasoning. However, they had so many options. They could have showed two shows a night for 12 weeks, which would have been so well-received. They could have done back-to-back doubleheader nights to kick it off and then the same at the end. For that matter, they could have even allowed some original TV to stretch into the summer.
I believe that once the Super Bowl is past, Fox has lost their big marketing audience. If so, what a shame that marketing dictated whether or not the show would run or not.
I find “24” one of the more inspiring shows on TV and I’m sorry it’s not on this year. I enjoy watching it with my kids and the discussions that accompany it. Worse, though, I still haven’t heard a good reason yet. 19 months “off” is too dang long.



  • Ann-Marie Cunniff

    I can’t believe they put “24” on the back burner like that. I looked forward to it every week. I think it is realistic in the sense that it reflects current issues and the possibilities. It’s one of the best shows and movies I have seen Keifer Sutherland in. i hope they change their schedule on it and we see it earlier.

  • rage

    Praise the Lord!
    With any luck, they’ll cancel this ridiculous foolishness. How many ‘terrorists’ can this fool terrorize before he is officially as bad as the terrorists himself?

  • Donna Dyer

    Where do they think is foolishness? Maybe somebody should watch cartoon shows if they don’t like 24. It could be a more popular show if it was aired on one of the 3 major networks. If they can leave stupid reality shows on, they can certainly leave 24!!I will be waiting impatiently. Forever loyal.

  • J. Stuckers

    Hey rage…
    How do you know how many terrorists hes terrorized if you don’t like the show???????

  • COUCH POTATO

    I HAVE BEEN WATCHING 24 FOR YEARS AND LATELY
    I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR 24, BUT FOX ISN’T SHOWING IT TILL JAN 2010. I THINK THAT 24 IS ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS ON TV. FOX MADE A BAD CALL THIS TIME. I THINK 24 SHOULD SELL THEIR SHOW TO THE NEW ‘THIS’ CHANNEL 5.2 IN LOS ANGELES AND FIND ANOTHER NATIONAL CHANNEL TO AIR IT AND DROP FOX. 24 RULES.

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